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Robot Visions

(Robot 0.5)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  8,038 ratings  ·  185 reviews
From Isaac Asimov, the Hugo Award-winning Grand Master of Science Fiction whose name is synonymous with the science of robotics, comes five decades of robot visions: thirty-four landmark stories and essays—including three rare tales—gathered together in one volume.

Meet all of Asimov’s most famous creations including: Robbie, the very first robot that his imagination broug
Mass Market Paperback, US/CAN, 496 pages
Published March 1991 by RoC (first published 1990)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Robot Visions (Robot 0.5), Isaac Asimov
Robot Visions (1990) is a collection of science fiction short stories and factual essays by Isaac Asimov. Many of the stories are reprinted from other Asimov collections, particularly I, Robot and The Bicentennial Man and Other Stories. It also includes the title story, "Robot Visions" (written specifically for this collection), which combines Asimov's motifs of robots and of time travel. It is the companion book to Robot Dreams.
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Jul 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi
This is a collection of short stories and essays related to Asimov’s visions of robots in the future. It contains quite a few stories from a better-known anthology I, Robot. Actually the latter has only 5 entries not found in the former.

Before Asimov practically every story related to an artificially created life (or its semblance) starting all the way from myth of Ancient Greece ended up with the creation turning against its creators – robots turning against humanity for our particular case. Ho
Mar 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
I've enjoyed everything that I've ever read by Asimov, and this is no exception. Hardly surprising at this point. The robot short stories are always very fun to read. It's amazing how many great story ideas he was able to get out of three unbreakable laws, isn't it?

Let's break this collection down a bit. Of the 18 stories in this collection, seven can also be found in I, Robot. In fact, every story from I, Robot but one can also be found here, without the linking text starring Susan Calvin. I'm
Alice Lee
Mar 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
After I, Robot, I was hungry for more robot stories, and Robot Visions was the only other robot collection I could find at my local library. A good chunk of the collection are in I, Robot, but without the connecting segments where Susan Calvin was interviewed. I personally enjoyed I, Robot more and thought the stories collected there were more solid, but this is by no means a weak collection at all. More mysteries, more puzzles, more situations where your inner child delights at the faithful rob ...more
Dave Packard
May 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, laser
Really 3.5 stars... this is mostly a book of Asimov’s robot short stories which are great. I had read some in the past, but some were new to me, and I love his robot tales! Unfortunately for me the last about 1/4 of the book is his essays on robots, psychology, futurism, etc. and I found that as the robot stories have held up well the essays have not. So final word, if you are not a completionist read the short stories and leave the essays behind!
Feb 06, 2017 marked it as xx-dnf-skim-reference
Pre-reading research reveals that I, Robot, is the first collection of short stories. Second is The Rest of the Robots. Robot Dreams only has one new story in it. The Complete Robot is reported to be truly complete.

This, I dunno. Another selection of some of the musty favorites and dusty rarities, but nothing actually new?
Read. I did read Complete a few months ago, and so nothing here was new (I don't think). I did skip the non-fiction essays at the end. And I skimmed the stories t
Erin the Avid Reader ⚜BFF's with the Cheshire Cat⚜
The review by Arthur C. Clarke is what partially made me interested in this. That and also thinking Isaac Asimov is the allfather of Sci-fi.

Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi, audiobooks
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Francesca Calarco
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In a world where so many stories in the sci-fi and speculative genres tend to be bleak and gritty, Isaac Asimov's Robot Visions is a sweet breath of fresh air. Asimov includes in this volume both short works of fiction and essays that formulate a cohesive imagined universe, as well as a fully fleshed out vision of future technology.

It is impossible to talk about anything in this collection without diving into Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics, as first formally presented in the short story "Runaro
Dec 03, 2017 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed a majority of the short stories. But I found the esseys to be a little redundant.
Richard Knight
Apr 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Though I have not read all 400 (jeez) of Asimov's books, I have read his entire Foundation and Robot series, so I think I have a feel for the master's work. And like The Foundation series (Not so much his Robot series, which, like Asimov, I agree is pretty perfect), there are some great yarns, and some not so great yarns, and this book of short stories and essays is similar-Some great ones, and some not so great ones. There are some standout stories, like "Runaround" which was the first story to ...more
P.S. Winn
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great collection of stories from an author whose name brings up visions of robots. This is a good way for readers to take a peek into an extraordinary mind and travel through science fiction stories.
Dom Fantazzi
Oct 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: did-not-finish
Good short story collection, even better in small doses as all stories have essentially the same message over and over again. Did not finish.
Jun 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: compilation, 2017
Good book. 3 stars. I would likely not reread this book. I would recommend this book to select people with an interest in this genre, the history of it, and everything robot. Also, any hard core Asimov fans.

This book, along with Robot Dreams, is a repackaging of Asimov's robot short stories. There are no repeats between those two books. In the intro, Asimov introduces each of his robot stories that he believes broke ground, most of which are published in this volume.

Stories included: (and what o
Asimov was expert at repackaging material, and all the Robot short stories in this volume have appeared in other Robot books before, but I picked it up for the introduction by the good doctor, as well as the science-fact and opinion essays included at the back. The latter were considerably shorter than I expected, though not one interesting, so I ended up rereading most of the novella and short stories anyway. The Bicentennial Man is always enjoyable, to see how close Asimov could come to repudi ...more
Mar 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1990s
This book of robot stories by Asimov was as good as any other. I think among those four collections of robot stories ("I, Robot", "The Complete Robot", "Robot Dreams" and this one), this one and "Robot Dreams are my favorites.

The quality of stories and the mixture of robot and non-robot tales in "Robot Dreams" made it one of my favorites. This one has some of the best robot stories within (classics along with more modren ones) and a number of essays by Asimov about his robot stories.

This book pr
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: work
I read this as part of a work (for fun) book club. It is a collection of some of Asimov's robot stories along with some essays at the end. I'd seen most of these stories in some of my previous Asimov reads. If you haven't read much Asimov, I'd highly recommend this. One knock that I have on Asimov is his high level of optimism. He seems to think that if we had robots that we'd be free to pursue higher things. Personally, I'm not sure that the vast majority of people would pursue higher things as ...more
Jan 01, 2016 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the Asimov's essays about robots, computers, and cyborgs. They are well done.

The short stories at the front of the book are the same stories published in other books. There are a few new ones. So, if you do not mind re-reading them or have not read other books, then you are good. Otherwise, you should just read the first and second short stories "Robot Visions" and "Too Bad!" then skip to the last one "Christmas Without Rodney" and continue through the essays. Essentially, 347 pages of
Dec 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: robot fans, futurists
Recommended to Mitchell by: Kathy Dale
This is yet another in the vast sea of work by Isaac Asimov. What really made this a winner for me was the set of essays in the book about why robots will succeed and thrive. One particular essay regards the reason we will create human shaped robots. Short answer: Because they can interact with our world.
As I read Asimov's Robot stories for the first time since I was a teenager, I've come to some unfortunate realisations. I still enjoy the stories, and I still respect Asimov, but so many of these stories seem to be clever just for the sake of being clever. Like they're thought-experiments. There's a minimum of charm.

I guess we'll always have Solaria.
Jan 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Always enjoy the robot stories, always hard to get through his descriptions of women (when there are any).
Alex Elsheimer
The short stories of Isaac Asimov continue to impress me. There is something instructive about looking back on past visions of the future... from the future. In Asimov's stories, robots aren't used to symbolize a marginalized group or act as a warning of what he calls the Frankenstein Effect (simply, a creation turning on it's creator). The 3 laws of robotics forbids this. There are no robot uprisings to be found and the stories are infinitely better for it. Robots are instead *shocker* exactly ...more
Robyn Blaber
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well, I think I might be a full-fledged roboticist at this point. This book is a collection of short stories that fill in a few of the blanks and backstories of various characters in Asimov's Robot series. Naturally, they have me thinking about the increased use of robots in our society.

Ever the futurist, Asimov wonders what will become of our society as robots are employed to do the manual jobs normally reserved for people. Human labour will soon not be required (or only in limited quantity) t
Nicholas Whyte
Aug 21, 2018 rated it liked it

As with the companion anthology, Robot Dreams, this included a lot of stories which I had fairly recently returned to in The Complete Robot and did not especially like; a smaller number of stories which were new to me and which I generally liked a bit more; and some lovely illustrations by Ralph McQuarry. It also ends with a number of essays on robots by Asimov, most of which are about how clever he was to have invented the Three Laws. What really struc
Franks V.
Oct 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Here, from the writer whose name is synonymous with robots and the science of robotics, are five decades of robot visions gathered together in one volume. These 36 landmark short stories and essays include three never before colleccted stories: " Too Bad," "Chritmas Without Rodney" and "Robot Visions," which was created specifically for this book. And you will meet all of Isaac Asimov's technological children from Robbie, the very first robot that Asimov's imagination brought to life, to Susan C ...more
This was too much Science-Fiction for me. I picked looked into this one because my family wanted to watch the movie adaptation that this collection of short stories is based on, "Bicentennial Man". I am not a big fan of robots with personalities and AI taking over type of stories. To me it is too freaky and I just can't get into it. I didn't feel anything for the characters and also short stories collections really aren't my thing. I like full fleshed out stories. I can't recommend this based on ...more
Skyler Peterson
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Asimov Robot Stories
I have been reading several of Asimov's short story anthologies lately, leading up to reading the robot, galactic empire, and foundation series. Robot Visions is a very worthy collection of Asimov's writings. I would suggest The Complete Robot or I, Robot instead depending on if you want a best-ofs or total depth. Robbie, Reason, Runaround, Evidence, The Evitable Conflict, and The Bicentennial Man are all exceptional stories. Most of these fit in the Susan Calvin, Powell, and Donovan story line. ...more
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Highlights: "Reason," "Liar!," "Little Lost Robot," "The Evitable Conflict," "Bicentennial Man," "Galley Slave."

No lowlights - every story in "Robot Visions" is excellent. Asimov explores every (maybe not every) nook and cranny of his Three Laws, anti-robot sentiment, anti-human sentiment, segregationist robots and humans alike (so very alike), consciousness. Sometimes subtle, sometimes overt, Asimov's robots are as much people as they are machines with dreams and dislikes, fears and wants.
Mar 04, 2019 rated it liked it
It's an interesting read and the antiquated SciFi is especially fun. It's interesting to see the future that Assimov could only imagine, and discover the things he got right, along with what he got wrong. With his robots, you almost have to read the stories as fantasy rather than science.

I read this book for the Sci Fi background and will probably read more Assimov but not this one again.
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another great collection of Asimov's stories. I never really liked how Asimov constructs his characters but I've always admired his thoroughness when explaining something, every little detailed carefully planned and set to making sense as a cog in a machine, necessary for the overall function of the plot.

Of course, one of my favorites was the story that inspired the Bi-centennial man film.
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Professor Asimov is generally considered one of the most prolific writers of all time, having written or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. He has works published in nine o

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